Panasonic Lumix FX75
14.1 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; Optical image stabilization; CCD sensor; 3-inch touch screen LCD (230k dots); 720p HD video (AVCHD Lite); Venus Engine HD II processor; 24mm wide-angle lens; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The FX75 is Panasonic's stab at a stylish compact camera with a fast lens, f2.2 from Leica in this case. Based on the comparable specs and the timing of the announcement, this seems like lower-cost response to the Canon SD4000. The fast, super-wide lens is impressive, and the AVCHD Lite video is nice, but it sports a CCD sensor rather than a MOS sensor, so high-ISO image quality isn't as clean as it is on the Canon SD4000 or the nearly identical Panasonic FX700, but the results are generally sharper at lower ISO settings. There aren't any headline features here, and it's already been replaced by the refined (and from most accounts, superior) FX78 model, but it's a solid shooter, if a bit pricey.